Originally Posted by Piggy Bank
Would you possibly be able to mark up the images and explain your steps to those of us who need it explained S-L-O-W-L-Y?
OK, here's an attempt. Sorry, I didn't take any 'before' photos. I marked up the photo to show what is what.
Step by step:
1) Pump off, bled off pressure from water system.
2) disconnected inlet & outlet from pump (these fittings unscrew). There's a little water tha drains out, so I used a small bowl to catch it.
3) cut PEX pipe coming from tank and to fixtures. Also cut off the removed pieces and saved the part with the attachment to the pump. Those pump fittings have to be bought from an RV or marine store, so I re-used them.
For all cuts, I made sure there was enough of a 'stub' to get a sharkbite fitting onto the end.
Did all the cutting with a tubing cutter as the sharkbite (or Watts) slip-on fittings are sensitive to having a clean cut end of the pipe.
4) There are no 'PEX to vinyl tubing' adapters out there (that I could find), so I made my own. Each fitting is a PEX - 1/2"NPT mated to a '1/2" NPT to 1/2" barb fitting.
5) found room for & made a mount for the accumulator tank using some scrap wood laying around.
6) Used short 1/2" screw-on connector that came with accumulator to mount factory strainer on pump inlet.
7) cut new PEX pipe to fit between accumulator & fixtures
8) installed check valve on tank supply pipe.
9) laid out hose lenghts & connected them up.
10) tightened hose clamps
11) turned on system & checked for leaks.
My parts list: All from local home center except last item
- 5' length of 1/2" PEX pipe
- 10' roll of 1/2" reinforced vinyl tubing
- Package of 1/2" Sharkbite elbows (used 3 of 5 that came in pkg)
- 1 1/2" Sharkbite coupling
- 4 - 1/2" NPT to 1/2" barb fittings
- 4 - 12/" NPT to 1/2" PEX Sharkbite fittings
- 1 roll of teflon tape for NPT fittings
- 4 stainless steel hose clamps
- 1 - 1/2" Sharkbite check valve
- 1 - Shurflo Accumulator tank: https://www.amazon.com/SHURFLO-182-2.../dp/B000N9VF6Q
Hope this helps,